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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

WXiXUOl  TON  HU31BOLDT.                   415
but directed to tie intellectual field, and bore the
colours and tendency of tLe age. *; Aniiuals of sclrii-
tine criticism*'' "were originated" in this year, under
Hegel's auspices, and the first number va^ pub limited
in the follou~ing year. This project skewed tlie
ioiiiience which JSegeFs philosophy had at that time
already gained, and Its striving for an increased
dominion. Many celebrated contemporaries who uid
not subscribe to Hegel's philosophy, were, indeed,
inTiied to take part in this scheme, and among them,
Goethe and HiHuboldt; but                   were wanted
in reality-., more as oraaiuexit&    HmnboHt was
of this, but accepted the imitation  on          account.,
to prevent one-sitieclness. He subsequently wrote
several articles for these annuals.
The course which German philosophy tad pursued
since Scheiling taught,, was not one which Humboldt
could follow. He maintained^ as long as he lived,
the critical system to which Ms friend Schiller had
adliered, He was less partial, even to Hegel's phi-
losopliy, than to any otter, and this is proved in a
letter written to Gentz on the 1st of Marcli, 1828. " I
agree perfectly,5' lie says^ ££ with, what you say of the
annuals. They contain some very readable tilings by
Vamhagen, some scientific ones "by Bopg, but^ on the,
whole, they do not please me. Hegel is certainly a
clever and profound thinker, but I caiinot ijnagine
such a philosophy as Ms         really take root.
1 liave not been able to reconcile             to  it yet,,
although I have repeatedly tried. Tiie indistinct
may injure Mm a little. It is not exciting,
like that of ELaat or Fichte, colossal and elevated,
like the darkness of the gra¥ea but arises from evident
awkwardness. It is as if lie could noi wield tlie lan-
guage. For when he treats of common things^ it is
anything "but easy or noble. It may          from a
•want of imagination,, but I would not like to pro-
nounce for Ms philosophy. The public            to "be
divided into two with, respect to Hegel; tlaose
•who imconditionaUy adhere to him. those who